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Ginger ale lovers, please help me out?

Fentimans or Fever Tree most likely...but you should contact the store who can check their SKUs.

Dec 14, 2013
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

where is the best place for Indian dinner in London Zone 1?

Can I check if you need veg. friendly restaurants? If so, there are 2 Woodlands and 2 Sagar locations in central London. There is also Rasa, Ragam as well as the Drummond Street 'food court' which has Diwana, the Ravi Shankar and Chutneys. These are all decent, dependable restaurants.

If you can go out of the central zone, there are many areas that feature regional specialities. Tooting - Veg. South Indian; East Ham - South Indian; Wembley - Gujurati; Southall - Punjabi.

Dec 11, 2013
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

Fish and chips in London, many kinds of fish.

Yes, it is strange how the name may put some people off. I hadn't realised it was part of the shark family and stocks have been approaching critical levels...good thing I haven't ordered it.

Oct 30, 2013
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

where is the best place for Indian dinner in London Zone 1?

I'm guessing that you mean a Northern/Central Indian/Pakistani restaurant (tell me if you don't...) which would leave The Cinnamon Club, Gymkhana, Salloos. If you ventured further you could have Bombay Brasserie or Cafe Spice Namaste. If you want a more veg. or fish orientated restaurant, then do let us know.

Oct 29, 2013
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

Fish and chips in London, many kinds of fish.

The Golden Hind in Marylebone has a decent selection; plaice, skate, halibut and the curiously named, rock salmon as well as the ubiquitous cod & haddock.

Oct 29, 2013
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

London dim sum

Pearl Liang is always my first choice and they have finally added some more dim sum choices.

If I was in central London, I'd probably go to Haozhan (which has a very small dim sum menu), Joy King Lau or London Jade Garden. Still haven't been to Grand Imperial...

Oct 29, 2013
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

Looking for a Veg-friendly AND decent English or French in central London.

Looks really good...anyone tried the 'surprise' menu? May need some more meat for the birthday boy though... Might try it for the lunch though as it's just round the corner from where we are meeting and just tried but it's fully booked.

Oct 29, 2013
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

Looking for a Veg-friendly AND decent English or French in central London.

I am hosting a dinner in central London (Soho/Fitzrovia/environs) where one guest is vegan, an other is a pescetrian and the visiting Italian is a gastronome celebrating his birthday.

Of course, I tried Nopi & Ottolenghi Islington but they are fully booked...anyone got any suggestions or ideas? Decent wine list would be a bonus!

Thanks in advance.

Oct 29, 2013
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

River Melody, Chinatown, London

I am pescetarian and I think you still have to be very careful in most Chinatown restaurants as they use pork fat or very small pieces of pork in otherwise seemingly acceptable dishes. Most service staff will not tell you but you should do your research before you go as to which dishes are most likely to feature these hidden ingredients. Of course, it depends on your acceptance of meat ingredients - some seem to think that meat fat is acceptable.

Jan 29, 2013
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

London: Terroirs/Green Man & French Horn - take Reservations??

Yes, they do take reservations and they are usually busier earlier in the evening so it should be easier after 9pm... I prefer Terroirs too (at the moment) but GM&FH has more fish.

Jan 29, 2013
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

Green Man & French Horn (London)

I posted a few weeks ago but used the FH&GM abbreviation. The only thing that I would add is that the FH&GM is supposedly Rhone cuisine with wine list to match.

"Went to FH & GM last night; difficult to get a table but I persevered. I had the gurnard & friends had the partridge; all were executed perfectly. We elected to share the cheese board which was very good - only gripe was the relatively small portions.

Both Terroirs and FH & GM are excellent and consistent regular dining places in central London; haven't tried Brawn as it seems to be a carnivores' delight."

Jan 21, 2013
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

Top 5 best value of 2012

No problem...was worried I had missed out on a new menu!

Dec 22, 2012
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

Your best London recs -- high end and low end?

Went to FH & GM last night; difficult to get a table but I persevered. I had the gurnard & friends had the partridge; all were executed perfectly. We elected to share the cheese board which was very good - only gripe was the relatively small portions.

Both Terroirs and FH & GM are excellent and consistent regular dining places in central London; haven't tried Brawn as it seems to be a carnivores' delight.

Dec 21, 2012
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

Top 5 best value of 2012

As far as I know, the dim sum at Pearl Liang can be had any day of the week...thankfully!

Dec 21, 2012
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

Top 5 best under 15 pounds a head - 2012

My favourites for under £15 are;

1. Pearl Liang (excellent Dim Sum, reservations, great service)
2. Saravanaa Bhavan Southall (excellent South Indian)
3. Shananshah Southall (best vegetarian Punjabi)
4. Franco Manca (best pizza in town?)
5. Princi (great for grazing in Soho)

All London & suburbs...and looking forward to trying D'Namaste (Thanks for the tip, Justin).

Dec 21, 2012
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

Question About Royal China Baker St. (London)

I would agree with Jon re: RCC as it is much better than the standard Royal China restaurants. I would also suggest that you take a look at Pearl Liang. I think that for some dim sum it is equal or better than RCC and slightly cheaper.

I am hoping to check out the dim sum at the Grand Imperial at some stage but I must admit I did not know about Shanghai Blues.

Address Details
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Pearl Liang
8 Sheldon Square,
Paddington
London,
W2 6EZ

Phone:020 7289 7000

Dec 19, 2012
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

London - Battle of the Dim Sum Spots in Marylebone :-)

I would agree with your conclusion; RCC is at least 2 notches above Phoenix Palace with the regular Royal China (24-26 Baker Street) sitting in between.

I know it is difficult to get to but Pearl Liang in the Paddington Basin is my favourite for affordable dim sum in London.

Would be interested in what you think of it if you get the chance to go.

Address Details
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Pearl Liang
8 Sheldon Square,
Paddington
London,
W2 6EZ

TEL: 020 7289 7000

Dec 14, 2012
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

Introducing someone to South Asian cuisine in London

As a Punjabi vegetarian who has lots of Greek (or should that be Hellenic) friends, I would offer a North Indian alternative to all the South Indian options mentioned.

North Indian cuisine has far more in common with Greek cuisine that South India. The problem is that most of the North Indian restaurants showcase non-veg. dishes. There are some excellent Gujarati restaurants in Harrow/Kenton, a couple of excellent Punjabi cafes in Southall but as Howler suggests the buffet at the Bombay Brasserie would be a great start.

Please do let us know how it goes and if you need any more info.

Aug 13, 2012
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

Indian Chai drink...how to make a really great tasting chai?

There are hundreds of different Indian Chai recipes because it really does depend on what flavours you like. The simplest way of making chai is as follows;

1. Boil water in a saucepan...as water begins to boil throw in 1-2 teaspoons of whichever tea leaves you have. Add whatever spices you want to use; popular ones include ginger scrapings, cloves, green cardamom, cinnamon, fennel seeds. These can either be whole or pounded into a masala.

2. Boil the water & tea leaves to brew for 2-3 minutes and then add milk & sugar to taste.

3. Bring back to boil and take off heat as chai froths.

4. Strain into cup & enjoy.

5. Change recipe to taste...

I use Assam CTC normally...the rule is the smaller the tea leaf, the stronger the brew.

Hope you enjoy your chai and let me know if you need any more information.

Aug 13, 2012
frogprince in Home Cooking

which dim sum restaurant in China town London

Was it the 'Chocolate Dim Sum'?

Lobster & Cod Rolls sounds like good value for £14. I think the regular price is £18-£20 per person.

Think this might warrant a visit...

Thanks for the info.

Apr 19, 2012
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

which dim sum restaurant in China town London

Meant to post after JKL...which turned out to be good/competent. Booking & service was actually pretty good and they accommodated all our requests but the quality of the dim sum was mediocre compared to Pearl Liang or Yauatcha. But location & timeliness was important on the day and for that, it was perfect.

Grand Imperial? Though apparently they do not include Cheung Fung in the AYCE deal...

Apr 16, 2012
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

which dim sum restaurant in China town London

Thanks SJ, I have booked JKL but as you suggest will pop in earlier to make sure that they have the booking sorted...

...have not been to JKL for more than 6-7 years so it will be good to see how it compares with Pearl Liang. I will try Yi-Ban but it's a long way for me...might try Grand Imperial if you think it is worth it!

Mar 24, 2012
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

which dim sum restaurant in China town London

So where did you end up and how was it?

I have to find somewhere for 9-10 people around Chinatown and I was going to go to either Jade Garden, CCK, Joy King Lau or the Beijing Dumpling for Dim Sum tomorrow.

Why were you not impressed with Jade Garden? I also prioritise food over service but my family disagrees...

Any other suggestions as Pearl Liang is just too far?

TIA!

Mar 24, 2012
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

Foody London Visit

Veeraswamy is now part of the Real Indian Food Group (along with Amaya & Chutney Mary)... consistent, trad Indian cuisine. I have not been there for a few years but I remember the menu being mostly northern cuisine & meat.

Jan 05, 2012
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

Foody London Visit

I have eaten at Salloo's a few times in the past...as the menu features a lot of meat which I have stopped eating. Very traditional menu, features Moghul cuisine and used to be excellent service as the restaurant was a family-run enterprise. Expensive, rich & complex food and suitable for entertaining business clients from the US.

Jan 05, 2012
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

Foody London Visit

I have not been to Benares but I have met Atul and ate at Tamarind - he is a modern rather than traditional chef... If that is what you are looking for and don't want to pay Amaya prices, then either Benares or Trishna would be worth a look.

Jan 04, 2012
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

fish and chips near St Pancras [London]

This might be a little late...but the only thing to watch out for is that Fryer's Delight uses Beef Dripping while Masters Superfish uses ground nut oil. Going by your handle, dietary requirements might be an issue...

Nov 12, 2011
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

fresh fenugreek leaves - central london?

I'm glad that you found some...and Yes, they won't be as fresh as those in East or West London. And I guess they weren't as cheap either...usually 4 bunches for a pound in west London.

Jun 30, 2011
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

fresh fenugreek leaves - central london?

You might want to try Drummond Street near Euston Station...Indian Spice Shop should have Methi Leaves (Fenugreek).

Let us know how you get on...

Jun 14, 2011
frogprince in U.K./Ireland

Excellent (but not extortionate) Chinese in central London?

Depends on how you define 'central' London but I'd recommend Pearl Liang in Paddington Basin; very good Dim Sum at sub-RCC prices. There is also a Royal China on Queensway where you also have some very good restaurants; Goldmine, Mandarin Kitchen, New Four Seasons...

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Royal China
13 Queensway, Paddington, Greater London W2 4, GB

May 08, 2011
frogprince in U.K./Ireland